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Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Course Code

LAWS0208 / LAWS0054

Course Tutor

Dr Kevin Toh

LAWS0208 Assessment

2 x 3000 word essay

LAWS0054 Assessment

1 x 3000 word essays

Credit Value

30/15

About this course

LAWS0208

The first half of the module will cover certain fundamental topics in contemporary Anglo-American legal philosophy, through studying three main schools of thought: legal positivism, natural law and interpretivism. We will explore questions such as: what is the nature of legal norms? How do we identify legal norms? What is the connection between legal and moral obligation? What is the point and purpose of law? Is coercion essential to law? Do judges have discretion in applying the law?

The second half of the module will cover questions in the philosophy of particular areas of law. This year we shall study 1) issues in the philosophy of international law and human rights and 2) issues in the philosophy of contract and tort law.

Further information on this course can be foundĀ here.

LAWS0054

This module covers certain fundamental topics in contemporary Anglo-American legal philosophy, through studying three main schools of thought: legal positivism, natural law and interpretivism. We will explore questions such as: what is the nature of legal norms? How do we identify legal norms? What is the connection between legal and moral obligation? What is the point and purpose of law? Is coercion essential to law? Do judges have discretion in applying the law?

Further information on the course can be found here.